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Monday, April 21, 2008

Record Store Day Was a Success

posted by on April 21 at 13:18 PM


I only made it to one store, my neighborhood Sonic Boom in Ballard, but it was the most fun I’ve had at a record store in awhile—I saw a 10-year old play Kiss, Foreigner, and AC/DC songs, I got free Radiohead and Elvis Costello buttons, I got a free Sub Pop birthday sampler, I got a free pair of Bjork 3-D glasses, and I could’ve eaten a cupcake if I wasn’t already so full from a late breakfast at Vera’s. Then I saw Aqueduct perform without their sampler, but still pull of a pretty good set.

It was a very good day.

In Sonic Boom’s remodeling (which they did to make way for more merch after the Fremont location closed), they made a real stage that that’s built into the wall and lowered down for in-stores. It sits high above the crowd so everyone can see the show—even people in the way back by the magazines and DVDs and stuff.

Here are some photos so you can pretend you were there (video coming soon):




And, should you be wondering if it helped out the stores at all, here’s a quick wrap-up of the day from Sonic Boom’s Nabil Ayers:

National Record Store Day took us all by surprise. We had one of the best sales days in Sonic Boom history and some amazing in-stores and DJ sets by Vinnie Blackshadow (he played at both Sonic Booms that day!), Aqueduct, John Roderick of The Long Winters, Mono in VCF, The Dutchess and The Duke and Moondoggies.

We’re very pleased to announce that Sonic Boom Records is donating almost $2,000 from Record Store Day sales to local music related charities.

Thanks to everyone who helped make Record Store Day great!

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I love me some Sonic Boom. Tomorrow will see me drop $50+ at the Ballard SB buying all of the Replacements reissues (the fourth purchase of each album I've made in my short life). And dog-friendly, woo!

Posted by danmohr | April 21, 2008 1:28 PM

dude no fair. you guys got way more free shit than they had at other music in NYC. bat for lashes lyrics booklet, anyone?

Posted by Strath | April 21, 2008 6:11 PM

Even though I'd already been to the record store twice last week, I dropped by my neighborhood store (Easy Street Queen Anne) and dropped a quick $40 just to celebrate. I just missed Jesse Sykes' performance, but it was a really fun environment anyway, having that many people at the record store digging for stuff. I also helped someone find the new M83 album for the 3rd time in my 3 visits last week! Apparently I "look like I work there."

Posted by bunnypuncher | April 22, 2008 12:56 AM

I am the guitarist pictured with vinnie and he is a great performer so if anyone sees where he's playing you should go

Posted by Jackson | April 27, 2008 9:06 PM

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